ICE Admits Gang Operations Are Designed to Lock Up Immigrants

In September and October the federal government arrested 267 people labeled members or associates of the multinational gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The Trump administration has singled out the gang as the worst threat to the safety of people in this country.

The Immigracion and Customs Enforcement’s Thursday announcement of Operation Raging Bull was clearly intended as ways of showing tough-on-crime follow through on the Trump administration’s threats. And the arrests are significant.

In its communications push this week, ICE inadvertently admitted that in order to make so many arrests, ICE collaborates with local law-enforcement agencies that stack gang databases with the names of people who not only are not gang members but who also pose no public-safety threat. But by leveraging the fearsome reputation of MS-13 as political cover ICE and collaborating law-enforcement agencies are able to identify, criminalize, detain, and eventually deport large numbers of immigrants of color.

As Deportations Climb, Fed Official Sees Immigration Helping Economy

President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies are starting to cause concerns beyond civil rights and moral responsibilities. Immigration, say economists and bankers, leads to growth. And curbing it, by contrast, may lead to the reverse.

Loretta Mester, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, said in a speech last week that slowing population growth in the U.S. will likely put downward pressure on long-term economic expansion as well as consumption rates. The aging of the population also will increase the burden on non-retired workers to support programs like Social Security and Medicare, widening government budget deficits, Mester said.


Court Orders Immigration Detention Center in Batavia to Offer Parole Hearings

The New York Civil Liberties Union says a Federal Court has ruled that the facility needs to offer releases on parole or bond for people who are detained and waiting on their asylum hearings.

The group sued back in July, saying the facility stopped granting parole when the Trump administration took over, letting people be held indefinitely while they waited for their hearings. The court ordered the government to redo the parole process for asylum-seekers that are being held at the Batavia Detention Center. Those that have already had their parole denied would have the opportunity to have their parole requests be re-adjudicated.

Experts Explore Impact of Immigration Policies on Lake County Children and Families

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Race for Results says that too many of the country’s 74 million children are not growing up in thriving communities and stable families. Experts say many families hesitate to access financial, medical, educational and other resources they qualify for and need.

“Families are scared,” Mayra Alvarez, president of the Children’s Partnership in Los Angeles, told a group of journalists at the University of Southern California this summer. “Families are not going to the doctor for fear that even contact with medical professionals could bring them into contact with immigration authorities.”

This fear can also cause high levels of anxiety in children that is described as “toxic stress,” impeding the ability to learn and develop social skills while posing long-term health consequences.

Undocumented Immigrants in County Urged Not to Be Afraid, Keep Medical Appointments

At the Las Islas Family Medical Group clinic in south Oxnard, family nurse practitioner Sandra Young is noticing a worrying trend. Lately, many of her patients, who about half are indigenous immigrants from Mexico, have not been showing up for appointments. The reason, she said, is fear.

            A similar trend is playing out at healthcare facilities across the county, said Ventura County Health Care Agency director Johnson Gill. That’s despite California recently becoming a sanctuary state with the passage of legislation largely prohibiting state-operated clinics and hospitals from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Los Alamos School Board Faces Heat on Immigrant Policy

The Los Alamos Public Schools board is facing heat for over a proposal aimed at protecting immigrant students amid fears of increased federal immigration enforcement.

The Los Alamos Monitor reports board members are scheduled Thursday to discuss a proposal that spells out how school staff should react if federal immigration agents come on campus without a warrant. Under the proposal, staff is to notify the superintendent and not give agents any information on the students’ whereabouts.

A separate resolution calls for school employees not to keep any records showing that information after admission.

Trump Administration Will Give Cities That Report Undocumented Immigrants Millions of Dollars and More Police Officers

The Trump administration said Monday it will give tens of millions of dollars to hire police officers to cities and states that cooperate with federal efforts to detain undocumented immigrants.

The Department of Justice will hand over $98 million to 179 law enforcement agencies across the country, which will pay for more than 800 new full-time officers, with 80% of the money going to jurisdictions that allow federal immigrant officials inside their local jails.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Speaks Out on Immigration Issues

Fort Bend County Sheriff, Troy Nehls, believes comprehensive immigration reform is crucial for Texas tax payers. On Thursday, he shared his knowledge and opinions with county residents at a community chat held at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy. Nehls answered questions and led a discussion on Senate Bill 4 (SB4), also called the Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill, which recently went into effect.

“I agree with 90% of what Senate Bill 4 (SB4) says. I am against Sanctuary Cities, no question about it. What I am against in SB4 is what is called the Schaffer Amendment, which talks about asking about immigrations status during a traffic stop. That I can’t agree with,” he said.

“Senate Bill 4 is actually dangerous for law enforcement in my opinion because when you make that traffic stop you don’t know what this person is thinking,” he said. “I think we will see more confrontation on the side of the road. I’m also very concerned about vehicles fleeing.”


Trump-backed Bill Could Affect Sacramento

The bill by two Republican U.S. senators would create a merit-based system for issuing green cards that bestow permanent legal status on immigrants. The current system favors family members of residents already in the United States.

Nearly 50,000 immigrants came to Sacramento County on green cards between 2008 and 2015, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sacramento County was one of the 40 leading destinations in America for green card holders.

Earlier this month, a legal immigrant from Uzbekistan in Central Asia ran over dozens of people in New York City, killing eight and injuring nearly a dozen more. The man was granted a green card under the diversity visa lottery. After the attack, Trump called for ending the diversity lottery program and also issued an order banning visitors from seven countries, most of them predominantly Muslim.


UC Berkeley Students and Immigration Attorneys Partner to Offer Free Legal Consultations

Five UC Berkeley students partnered with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) to offer free legal consultations with immigration attorneys Thursday evening at Longfellow Middle School.

These consultations were offered in light of the impending repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows certain undocumented people to legally live and work in the United States, as announced by the Trump administration.

During the workshop, attendees were taught in both English and Spanish that they have the right not to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into their homes without first seeing a warrant with their name on it signed by a judge. They were also taught that they do not have to sign anything or answer any questions before seeing a lawyer.